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Clemens Betzel

Clemens Betzel
Born 9 June 1895
Died 27 March 1945(1945-03-27) (aged 49)
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany (to 1945)
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914-45
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 4. Panzer-Division

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Clemens Betzel (9 June 1895 – 27 March 1945) was a German general who commanded the 4. Panzer-Division during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Clemens Betzel was killed on 27 March 1945 in Danzig.

Awards and decorations

Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
3 November 1944 In der Abwehrschlacht südöstlich Libau haben die fränkisch-bayrische 4. Panzer-Division unter Führung von Generalmajor Betzel und die norddeutsche 30. Infanterie-Division unter Führung des Obersten Barth den erstrebten Durchbruch des Feindes in zäher Abwehr und durch schwungvollen Gegenangriff an entscheidender Stelle vereitelt.[4] In the defensive battle southeast Libau, the Franco-Bavarian 4 Panzer Division under the command of Major General Betzel and the North German 30 Infantry Division under the leadership of Colonel Barth, have thwarted the aspired breakthrough of the enemy at a critical point in tough defense and sweeping counter-attack.


  1. ^ a b c Thomas 1997, p. 42.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 112.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 82.
  4. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 573.

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • World War 2
  • Ritterkreuztraeger 1939-1945
Military offices
Preceded by
General der Panzertruppen Dietrich von Saucken
Commander of 4. Panzer-Division
1 May 1944 – 27 March 1945
Succeeded by
Oberst Ernst-Wilhelm Hoffmann

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